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Trump’s picks leave energy industry optimistic

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For those who have been frustrated with the Obama Administration’s policies on climate and energy, Trump’s choices of several oil men for executive positions have those in the oil and gas industry feeling optimistic that change is coming. A Fuelfix article earlier this week reminds us that government and oil haven’t always gotten along. Ever since the U.S. Supreme Court ...

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Feds announce $82 million for nuclear energy research

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz has announced $82 million for nuclear energy projects in 28 states as part of the government’s plan to reduce carbon emissions. Moniz said Tuesday that the 93 research projects will help scientists innovate with nuclear technologies that can eventually enter the commercial market. He made the announcement while visiting the Department ...

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Watchdog group files lawsuit over cleanup at federal nuclear lab

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LOS ALAMOS, N.M. (AP) — A watchdog group is suing the federal government and managers of one of the nation’s premier nuclear weapons laboratories over missed deadlines for cleaning up hazardous waste left behind by decades of research. Nuclear Watch New Mexico filed its lawsuit in federal court, naming the U.S. Department of Energy and Los Alamos National Security LLC ...

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New communication system installed at nuclear waste dump

New communication system installed at nuclear waste dump

CARLSBAD, N.M. (AP) — Workers at the federal government’s underground nuclear waste dump in southern New Mexico will be able to signal officials aboveground in the event of an emergency thanks to a new wireless communication system. The U.S. Department of Energy and the repository’s manager announced the installation of the system Thursday. It includes audible and flashing alarms and ...

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New Mexico rolls out cleanup proposal for federal lab

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico regulators on Wednesday unveiled a draft proposal aimed at getting the federal government to clean up tons of hazardous waste and contamination left behind by decades of nuclear research and development at one of the nation’s premier laboratories. The proposal comes after missteps by Los Alamos National Laboratory resulted in a radiation leak in ...

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Federal judge sets new deadlines for nuclear waste cleanup

Federal judge sets new deadlines for nuclear waste cleanup

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — A federal judge has set new deadlines for cleaning up nuclear waste at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation, after Washington state went to court to prod the U.S. Department of Energy over the flagging efforts. U.S. District Judge Rosanna Malouf Peterson issued the new deadlines in a 102-page order late Friday. Among them: A plant designed to ...

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Feds invest nearly $7M in small business to boost clean tech

A team of SFU student researchers is at work at Ballard Power Systems in Burnaby carrying out tests to improve fuel cell durability. The study aims to make fuel-cell buses competitive with diesel hybrids. (Image: Simon Fraser University via Flickr)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The federal government is investing nearly $7 million in 33 small businesses across the country to build partnerships with national laboratories in hopes of speeding up development of clean energy technology, the U.S. Department of Energy announced Thursday. The selected businesses represent only a fraction of the hundreds that applied to participate in the first round ...

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Audit: Los Alamos Lab has poor system for fixing problems

Los Alamos National Lab, Los Alamos, New Mexico. (Image: Larry Lamsa via Flickr)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — An audit has found that the Los Alamos National Laboratory’s system for solving management problems is lacking. The report, released Tuesday by the Department of Energy’s Office of the Inspector General, suggests the lab’s corrective action program does not address issues or prevent their recurrence, including on health and safety issues. The audit looked at ...

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Village awarded federal grant for river turbine design

Ocean Renewable Power Company's RivGen® Power System ready for installation in 2015 on the Kvichak River in Igiugig, Alaska. (Image courtesy of ORPC)

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A quest by a southwest Alaska village to use clean energy to replace power generated by expensive diesel fuel will get a boost from the U.S. Department of Energy. The department has awarded the village of Igiugig a $393,500 grant to advance the design of river turbines that were tested successfully the last two summers. The ...

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All forms of energy are needed for the future

Grace M. Bochenek assumed her post as director of the National Energy Technology Laboratory in October 2014 after spending 25 years at the Department of Defense — most recently as chief technology officer of the U.S. Army Materiel Command. The Dominion Post talked with Bochenek — an engineer by training — about her new role and some of the challenges ...

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